WordPress has notified me that today is year 8(!) of keeping this little slice of interwebs. Wow! That is such a long time to stay consistent with anything; to commemorate this blogging milestone, I will post for the sake of trying to maintain that consistency! Lately I have been reflecting upon how it has nearly been an entire year now since returning to the United … Continue reading The MacKinnon Greenhouse
I had the pleasure to paint the telescope doors for the Museum of Northern Arizona’s new AstroLab. The doors will be attached to a shed that is the shelter for a C14 telescope. I usually work in black and white and I welcome these new experiments in color. This piece is a collaboration; I did the painting and my talented woodworker friend Fritz will now add … Continue reading Telescope Doors (the process)
Well, this blog has been quiet because I have been focusing my energy on launching a website! Check it out: http://www.vermicontent.com Over the years, I have been commissioned (or mostly volunteered) to make a wide range of art, from t-shirts to banners and everything in between. Now that I am back stateside, I have a dream of providing art services while being a little more … Continue reading Launch of Vermicontent!
On weekends, you can find me hanging out with butterflies at the Arboretum at Flagstaff‘s Southwest Butterfly House. We receive the butterflies in chrysalis form. Pictured above are the chrysalis of monarchs (top), zebra longwings (middle), and queen butterflies (bottom). Visitors are often shocked to see the different shapes and colors of these creatures in their pupa form. Below you can see a zebra longwing … Continue reading Southwest Butterfly House
I made it to the other side and earned my “R”…meaning I am officially a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). Jamaica made me more resilient, patient, and simply appreciative for the gift of life. I have many fond memories on practically all corners of the island, and the people I have met (both Jamaicans and other PCVs) have deeply inspired me. My Peace Corps service … Continue reading Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
In less than one week I’ll have the possessions that I plan to carry back with me after two years packed up into hopefully just one bag as I hand over the key to my home in Jamaica. Then I’ll take one last look around my community before I make my way to Kingston, where my Peace Corps adventure began back in March 2015. I’ll … Continue reading One Week Left in Jamaica
Time has been flying by and I haven’t been posting much, so here’s a summary of what I have been up to this holiday season, starting with… Halloween Halloween isn’t a celebrated holiday in Jamaica. However, I visited my friend and fellow volunteer Whitney and we watched Hocus Pocus and carved an Anansi Jack-O-Latern. Anansi is a trickster spider popular in Jamaican folklore (with West … Continue reading Giving thanks this holiday season